- Indian Premier League Wins: 2014 & 2012
- Best Finish: Champions (2014 & 2012)
- Owner: Red Chillies Entertainment & Mehta Group
- Venue: Eden Garden Stadium
- Coach: Brednon McCullum
- Captain: Eoin Morgan
KKR also known as the Kolkata Knight Riders is an IPL franchise which represents the heart and soul of Kolkata. KKR have played a key part to the glitz and glamour the IPL has brought to modern day cricket. With their home ground being Eden Garden a stadium with a seat capacity of 68,000, making it the largest stadium in India and second largest cricket ground in the world, every match played is a spectacle to behold. With KKR having arguably the best home stadium there is always a pressure for the team to perform when playing at home.
KKR have been a cricket franchise in the IPL since its inauguration in 2008. The loud and excited crowds that poured through to Eden Gardens made every match the KKR team played in a whole event in itself. Which is why it could be argued the extra entertainment factor the IPL brought to the cricketing world, was down to impressive atmospheres on display such as the ones at Eden Gardens. KKR began the IPL with a blockbuster team which featured many superstar players such as Sourav Ganguly, Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Ricky Pointing and David Hussey.
Kolkata Knight Riders initially ran the slogan “All the King’s Men” for the first four seasons they participated in the IPL. However, upon the start of the 5th edition of the IPL they replaced this slogan with “New Dawn, New Knights”. This change in slogan wasn’t just for the fun of it, as the Kolkata Knight Riders owners were not impressed with the team’s performances in the first four seasons of the IPL. Having only reached the play-offs once in four years and being immediately eliminated in the year they reached the play-offs, the KKR owners felt the team needed a refresh and so revamped the branding.
KKR Next Live Matches
IN: Tim Southee
OUT: Pat Cummins
The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) hasn’t been the best of seasons for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) so far. They have mustered just two wins from seven games and they are languishing at the seventh spot on the points table.
And this is not the first time in the last few seasons that they have struggled. 2018 was the last time they made it to the playoffs. In 2019 and 2020, they were highly inconsistent which eventually saw them miss out on a spot in the top four and had a middling finish. This season hasn’t been any different and the Eoin Morgan-led side will be desperate to get going from the word-go in this second-leg.
There are barely any changes in the personnel. Pat Cummins is the only player from the KKR contingent that pulled out and will be unavailable for the rest of the tournament. The two-time champions roped in the services of veteran New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee as Cummins’ replacement. However, Cummins’ absence could well allow KKR to use Lockie Ferguson a lot more and a lot better. The New Zealand fast bowler is a gun T20 bowler and has been impressive in the limited number of games he’s played so far.
However, it is the batting that KKR need to sort things out. The batting order has been jumbled and players have moved up and down quite a bit which hasn’t worked. In the first half, none of the batters averaged more than 31 and there were just five individual half-centuries. Hence, the likes of Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell will be in search of better consistency as they look to turn things around.
The chances of Kolkata Knight Riders turning things around are slightly bleak. They need a 2014-esque turnaround when they won nine games in a row to eventually lift their second IPL title. Eoin Morgan and co have the inspiration in front of them. However, to qualify for the playoffs, they will need to win at least five out of their remaining seven games. In fact, it could be even six out of their remaining seven games if they need to assure themselves a place in the playoffs. It is a stiff task but KKR have the pedigree to turn things around.
|2||Chennai Super Kings||7||5||2||0||0||1.263||10|
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7||5||2||0||0||-0.171||10|
|7||Kolkata Knight Riders||7||2||5||0||0||-0.494||4|
Completed Matches in 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders roster for the upcoming IPL 2020 season is looking to be an interesting one. Kolkata Knight Riders have yet to reach a final since 2014, having reached the playoffs just three times in the last five seasons. With star player Brednon McCullum announcing his retirement from all formats of cricket, he has taken over the role as head coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders, relieving Jacques Kallis of his duties. After failing to reach the playoffs in their 2019 season, there is a great amount of speculation as to where KKR need to improve and which players will be released and who will be brought in. Overshadowing the KKR players performances was an overwhelming amount of rumours that team was not gelling together on and off the pitch amid a lambasting from Andre Russell, one of the better performing players for KKR over the years, saying the team has been making bad decisions. Also, pin-pointing their poor bowling and fielding performances to be the root of their downfall, as the team lost 6 games on the trot. If KKR are to make the 2020 finals they will need to win important games like the KKR vs MI encounter. They currently trail 19-6 on the KKR to MI head to head count!
|Name||Team||Role||Bowling Style||Batting Style||Nationality||Matches||Runs||Runs Average||Wickets|
|Eoin Morgan||KKR||Batsman||Right-arm medium||Left Handed||England||66||1272||25.44||0|
|Karun Nair||KKR||Batsman||Off break||Right Handed||India||73||1480||24.26||0|
|Nitish Rana||KKR||Batsman||Off break||Left Handed||India||60||1437||28.17||7|
|Rahul Tripathi||KKR||Batsman||Right-arm medium||Right Handed||India||45||988||25.33||0|
|Rinku Singh||KKR||Batsman||Off break||Left Handed||India||11||77||11||0|
|Shubman Gill||KKR||Batsman||Off break||Right Handed||India||41||939||33.53||0|
|Harbhajan Singh||KKR||Bowler||Off break||Right Handed||India||160||829||15.64||150|
|Kamlesh Nagarkoti||KKR||Bowler||Kamlesh Nagarkoti||Right Handed||India||10||22||7.33||5|
|Kuldeep Yadav||KKR||Bowler||Slow left-arm chinaman||Left Handed||India||45||57||9.5||40|
|Lockie Ferguson||KKR||Bowler||Right-arm fast||Right Handed||New Zealand||14||44||–||11|
|Pat Cummins||KKR||Bowler||Right-arm fast||Right Handed||Australia||30||223||17.5||29|
|Pawan Negi||KKR||Bowler||Slow left-arm orthodox||Left Handed||India||50||365||14.03||34|
|Prasidh Krishna||KKR||Bowler||Right-arm medium fast||Right Handed||India||24||3||3||18|
|Sandeep Warrier||KKR||Bowler||Right-arm medium||Right Handed||India||4||0||–||2|
|Shivam Mavi||KKR||Bowler||Right-arm fast medium||Right Handed||India||17||23||4.6||14|
|Vaibhav Arora||KKR||Bowler||Right-arm fast medium||Right Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Varun Chakaravarthy||KKR||Bowler||Leg break googly||Right Handed||India||14||10||5||18|
|Andre Russell||KKR||All Rounder||Right-arm fast||Right Handed||West Indies||74||1517||29.74||61|
|Ben Cutting||KKR||All Rounder||Right-arm fast medium||Right Handed||Australia||21||238||21.63||10|
|Shakib Al Hasan||KKR||All Rounder||Slow left-arm orthodox||Left Handed||Bangladesh||63||746||21.31||59|
|Sunil Narine||KKR||All Rounder||Off break||Left Handed||West Indies||120||892||16.83||127|
|Venkatesh Iyer||KKR||All Rounder||Right-arm medium||Left Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Dinesh Karthik||KKR||Wicket Keeper||Off break||Right Handed||India||196||3823||26||0|
|Sheldon Jackson||KKR||Wicket Keeper||–||Right Handed||India||4||38||19||0|
|Tim Seifert||KKR||Wicket Keeper||–||Right Handed||New Zealand||–||–||–||–|
The shift in how the KKR team was shaped began in 2011, which was incidentally the year they reached the play-offs for the first time as well.
Their icon player, Sourav Ganguly was not retained in 2011, which sparked controversy amongst KKR fans and cricket fans across India and the world. Despite this, Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t change their decision and made a purchase of $2.4million for Gautam Gambhir who was also appointed as captain for the KKR team. In the same auction KKR also purchased Indian batsmen Yusuf Pathan for $2.1million. The 2011 auction also saw the Kolkata Knight Riders bring in many overseas superstars such as Brett Lee, Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan and more join a newly revamped squad for KKR. Unfortunately, this new squad only managed to reach the play-offs, but this was progress for KKR in the right direction.
It was in 2012 were the Kolkata Knight Riders made important player purchases by acquiring former KKR Brendon McCullum and spin bowler Sunil Narine, who both played important roles in guiding the Kolkata Knight Riders to their first IPL title in 2012. It wasn’t till 2014, in the KKR vs KXIP final, where the Kolkata Knight Riders repeated their 2012 season and went on to win the IPL for a second time, making KKR a franchise to be recognised.
The two-time champions KKR had one of the least amounts in the auction. In fact, they did not release any of their first-team players from last season. KKR had only 2 all-rounders in their team – Andre Russell & Sunil Narine. Both of them did not click as such in the last installment of the IPL.
To find their potential replacements, KKR entered the race to sign Glenn Maxwell first but opted out after CSK and RCB entered the field. Finally, KKR found their long-lasted love, Shakib Al Hasan. It came out at ease when Punjab pulled out of the race. The Bangladeshi all-rounder rejoined KKR for INR 3.2 crore ($440 k).
KKR tried hard and offered their entire money to sign Krishnappa Gowtham only to get outplayed by CSK. They picked Sheldon Jackson & Vaibhav Arora in the middle slot of the auction and remained calm until the accelerated round of the auction.
In the accelerated auction they picked up Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, and Venkatesh Iyer for their respective base prices. Karun Nair who found himself on the bench of Punjab last season can offer the batting depth for KKR in case Rahul Tripathi did not prove himself this season. Harbhajan on the other hand will be playing for his 3rd team in the IPL. He has been now part of all the successful franchises.
The veteran has experience of 160 IPL matches with 150 wickets and 829 runs in his pocket. It will be a task for KKR to utilize his experience to fight for the title. Ben Cutting and Pawan Negi have given depth to the all-rounder department for KKR. Though Negi has not played a single IPL game so far, his domestic experience can come in handy.
(Purse – INR 10.75 Cr., Purse at the end – INR 3.20 Cr)
The KKR team 2019 had a mixed bag of performances throughout the season, and their lack of continuity resulted in them not reaching the play-offs. With many IPL teams expecting to be affected by players leaving for pre-world cup preparations, the KKR team 2019 was actually the one team that was affected the least, with only English batsmen Joe Denly leaving early. KKR started the 2019 IPL season with an excellent start winning their four out of their first five matches.
However, they went on to have one of their worst losing streaks in KKR history, losing the next 6 matches including the final match of the season KKR vs RCB, as they were unable to defend the target they had set each time. They were handed a lifeline when they defeated the Mumbai Indians, but this was not enough as they missed the play-offs on net run rate to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their star player Andre Russell, who made a string of superb performances and was the fifth highest run scorer of the tournament. Russell felt let down by the team’s poor bowling performances and lack of team cohesion in the dressing room. Still, things could have been worse – they could have been RCB who finished last.
KKR vs DC will be a highly anticipated match as Cummins meets the master Kohli.
The KKR team 2018 was moulded together thanks to a massive spending spree from the owners in the IPL auction. Having retained key individual players such as Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, the KKR team 2018 also the addition of Australian big hitter Chris Lynn for Rs 9.6 crores. The KKR team 2018 had a mixed bag of performances I. the group stages but three wins from their last three games saw them secure a playoff spot. The KKR team secured their first win of the playoffs against the Rajasthan Royals comfortably defeating them by 25 runs. We have more analysis on the head to head fixtures over at page KKR vs RR.
Looking to reach the first IPL final since 2014, KKR took on the Sunrisers Hyderabad. An excellent performance from the Sunrisers’ Rashid Khan proved to be the difference between the two sides, as the KKR team’s big hitters, Yusuf Pathan and Carlos Brathwaite, were unable to propel their team to victory during the middle overs of the match leading KKR to lose by 14 runs.
The KKR team 2017 saw many players from the previous season released and very few retained. The likes of Morne Morkel, Brad Hogg and Jason Holder were all releases prior to the 2017 auctions. With English all-rounder Chris Woakes, New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult, Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile and Darren Bravo all brought in.
Unfortunately for the KKR team 2017, they would be without talisman Andre Russell due to a doping violation where he failed to file his whereabouts three times in 2015 leading him to be suspended for one-year. Despite the loss of Russel, KKR made their way through the group stages and qualified for the players after finishing in fourth in the table. Their first playoff match was hampered with rain in Bengaluru in the KKR vs SRH (Sunrisers Hyderabad) match, this eventually was of good fortune to the KKR team as they won comfortably on the Duck Worth Lewis Method and were one match closer to the 2017 final. However, after a lacklustre batting performance in their next match against the Mumbai Indians, KKR were demolished as they lost by 6 wickets. Their standout performers of the season would be captain Gautum Gambhir, who racked up 498 runs. With fast bowler Umesh Yadav collecting 17 wickets.
We have published a full review of all the 2019 and 2018 matches featuring the Kolkata Knight Riders Vs the seven IPL teams. The analyses will be updated throughout the season and include match predictions, live match broadcast lists, head to head and match results. Cricket Betting will also offer live odds and betting tips for each game.
KKR will hope fixtures like KKR vs CSK will not be a repeat of the last few matches where KKR lost heavily.
Head to Head
|Chennai Super Kings||2008–2015; 2018–present||20||7||13||0||35%|
|Kings XI Punjab||2008–present||25||17||8||0||68%|
|Rajasthan Royals||2008–2015; 2018–present||20||10||8||2||50%|
|Rising Pune Supergiant||2016–2017||4||3||1||0||75%|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||2008–present||24||14||10||0||58%|
|Kochi Tuskers Kerala||2011||2||0||2||0||0%|
|Pune Warriors India||2011–2013||5||4||1||0||80%|
The KKR vs MI fixture almost always goes the way of Mumbai. So it was all the more suprising when Kolkata managed to beat MI in one of the 2019 fixures. The KKR vs MI head to head count sees MI winning 19 of the 25 contests.
Kolkata Knight Riders best players have performed for them year in and year out. Even if the team was not performing to its best, there have been key individuals who have always given their all. The batting averages for KKR are relatively modest, which is all the more surprising that they won the IPL in 2012 and 2014. KD Karthik is the only player to average in the 40s having scored over 500 runs.
The bowling unit for KKR includes the standout right-arm off-break Sunil Narine. Collecting more than one wicket per match at an average of 23.3 and economy rate of 6.67 Narine consistently the best KKR bowler.
KKR are sploit this year having Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan amnd Tom Banton overseas players as well as the all important Dinesh Karthik.
*Scored 500+ runs
KKR Best Bowlers
bowlers with 20+ wickets
|Shakib Al Hasan||2011-2017||42||153.3||1||1101||43||3/17||25.6||7.17||21.4|
The KKR owner has been responsible for the large coverage and popularity of the Kolkata Knight Riders, thanks to their celebrity statuses. The KKR owners consist of a 55% share for Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan through his company Red Chillies Entertainment. With the other 45% of the franchise owned by Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta through their company, Mehta Group. All of the owners have been a part of the KKR setup since 2008 as they partnered up to purchase the franchise for$75.09million/₹2.98 billion. The superstar status brought to the franchise by both Bollywood celebrities cultivated a large reach of the KKR brand, this helped attract many players as well as sponsors.
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